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America’s 10 worst terror attacks by Christian fundamentalists and far-right extremists

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From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated many times since the George W. Bush era: Islam is inherently violent, Christianity is inherently peaceful, and there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist or a white male terrorist. But the facts don’t bear that out. Far-right white male radicals and extreme Christianists are every bit as capable of acts of terrorism as radical Islamists, and to pretend that such terrorists don’t exist does the public a huge disservice. Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev and the late Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev (the Chechen brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15, 2013) are both considered white and appear to have been motivated in part by radical Islam. And many terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who were neither Muslims nor dark-skinned.

When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.

Below are 10 of the worst examples of non-Islamic terrorism that have occurred in the United States in the last 30 years.

1. Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug. 5, 2012. The virulent, neocon-fueled Islamophobia that has plagued post-9/11 America has not only posed a threat to Muslims, it has had deadly consequences for people of other faiths, including Sikhs. Sikhs are not Muslims; the traditional Sikh attire, including their turbans, is different from traditional Sunni, Shiite or Sufi attire. But to a racist, a bearded Sikh looks like a Muslim. Only four days after 9/11, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh immigrant from India who owned a gas station in Mesa, Arizona, was murdered by Frank Silva Roque, a racist who obviously mistook him for a Muslim.

But Sodhi’s murder was not the last example of anti-Sikh violence in post-9/11 America. On Aug. 5, 2012, white supremacist Wade Michael Page used a semiautomatic weapon to murder six people during an attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page’s connection to the white supremacist movement was well-documented: he had been a member of the neo-Nazi rock bands End Empathy and Definite Hate. Attorney General Eric Holder described the attack as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred.” It was good to see the nation’s top cop acknowledge that terrorist acts can, in fact, involve white males murdering people of color.

2. The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009. Imagine that a physician had been the victim of an attempted assassination by an Islamic jihadist in 1993, and received numerous death threats from al-Qaeda after that, before being murdered by an al-Qaeda member. Neocons, Fox News and the Christian Right would have had a field day. A physician was the victim of a terrorist killing that day, but neither the terrorist nor the people who inflamed the terrorist were Muslims. Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed by anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder on May 31, 2009, was a victim of Christian Right terrorism, not al-Qaeda.

Tiller had a long history of being targeted for violence by Christian Right terrorists. In 1986, his clinic was firebombed. Then, in 1993, Tiller was shot five times by female Christian Right terrorist Shelly Shannon (now serving time in a federal prison) but survived that attack. Given that Tiller had been the victim of an attempted murder and received countless death threats after that, Fox News would have done well to avoid fanning the flames of unrest. Instead, Bill O’Reilly repeatedly referred to him as “Tiller the baby killer.” When Roeder murdered Tiller, O’Reilly condemned the attack but did so in a way that was lukewarm at best.

Keith Olbermann called O’Reilly out and denounced him as a “facilitator for domestic terrorism” and a “blindly irresponsible man.” And Crazy for God author Frank Schaffer, who was formerly a figure on the Christian Right but has since become critical of that movement, asserted that the Christian Right’s extreme anti-abortion rhetoric “helped create the climate that made this murder likely to happen.” Neocon Ann Coulter, meanwhile, viewed Tiller’s murder as a source of comic relief, telling O’Reilly, “I don’t really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.” The Republican/neocon double standard when it comes to terrorism is obvious. At Fox News and AM neocon talk radio, Islamic terrorism is a source of nonstop fear-mongering, while Christian Right terrorism gets a pass.

3. Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 27, 2008. On July 27, 2008, Christian Right sympathizer Jim David Adkisson walked into the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee during a children’s play and began shooting people at random. Two were killed, while seven others were injured but survived. Adkisson said he was motivated by a hatred of liberals, Democrats and gays, and he considered neocon Bernard Goldberg’s book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, his political manifesto. Adkisson (who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and is now serving life in prison without parole) was vehemently anti-abortion, but apparently committing an act of terrorism during a children’s play was good ol’ Republican family values. While Adkisson’s act of terrorism was reported on Fox News, it didn’t get the round-the-clock coverage an act of Islamic terrorism would have garnered.

4. The murder of Dr. John Britton, July 29, 1994. To hear the Christian Right tell it, there is no such thing as Christian terrorism. Tell that to the victims of the Army of God, a loose network of radical Christianists with a long history of terrorist attacks on abortion providers. One Christian Right terrorist with ties to the Army of God was Paul Jennings Hill, who was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 3, 2003 for the murders of abortion doctor John Britton and his bodyguard James Barrett. Hill shot both of them in cold blood and expressed no remorse whatsoever; he insisted he was doing’s God’s work and has been exalted as a martyr by the Army of God.

5. The Centennial Olympic Park bombing, July 27, 1996. Paul Jennings Hill is hardly the only Christian terrorist who has been praised by the Army of God; that organization has also praised Eric Rudolph, who is serving life without parole for a long list of terrorist attacks committed in the name of Christianity. Rudolph is best known for carrying out the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics—a blast that killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others. Hawthorne wasn’t the only person Rudolph murdered: his bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama in 1998 caused the death of Robert Sanderson (a Birmingham police officer and part-time security guard) and caused nurse Emily Lyons to lose an eye.

Rudolph’s other acts of Christian terrorism include bombing the Otherwise Lounge (a lesbian bar in Atlanta) in 1997 and an abortion clinic in an Atlanta suburb in 1997. Rudolph was no lone wolf: he was part of a terrorist movement that encouraged his violence. And the Army of God continues to exalt Rudolph as a brave Christian who is doing God’s work.

6. The murder of Barnett Slepian by James Charles Kopp, Oct. 23, 1998. Like Paul Jennings Hill, Eric Rudolph and Scott Roeder, James Charles Kopp is a radical Christian terrorist who has been exalted as a hero by the Army of God. On Oct. 23, 1998 Kopp fired a single shot into the Amherst, NY home of Barnett Slepian (a doctor who performed abortions), mortally wounding him. Slepian died an hour later. Kopp later claimed he only meant to wound Slepian, not kill him. But Judge Michael D’Amico of Erin County, NY said that the killing was clearly premeditated and sentenced Kopp to 25 years to life. Kopp is a suspect in other anti-abortion terrorist attacks, including the non-fatal shootings of three doctors in Canada, though it appears unlikely that Kopp will be extradited to Canada to face any charges.

7. Planned Parenthood bombing, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1994. Seldom has the term “Christian terrorist” been used in connection with John C. Salvi on AM talk radio or at Fox News, but it’s a term that easily applies to him. In 1994, the radical anti-abortionist and Army of God member attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts, shooting and killing receptionists Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols and wounding several others. Salvi was found dead in his prison cell in 1996, and his death was ruled a suicide. The Army of God has exalted Salvi as a Christian martyr and described Lowney and Nichols not as victims of domestic terrorism, but as infidels who got what they deserved. The Rev. Donald Spitz, a Christianist and Army of God supporter who is so extreme that even the radical anti-abortion group Operation Rescue disassociated itself from him, has praised Salvi as well.

8. Suicide attack on IRS building in Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 2010. When Joseph Stack flew a plane into the Echelon office complex (where an IRS office was located), Fox News’ coverage of the incident was calm and matter-of-fact. Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa seemed to find the attack amusing and joked that it could have been avoided if the federal government had followed his advice and abolished the IRS. Nonetheless, there were two fatalities: Stack and IRS employee Vernon Hunter. Stack left behind a rambling suicide note outlining his reasons for the attack, which included a disdain for the IRS as well as total disgust with health insurance companies and bank bailouts. Some of the most insightful coverage of the incident came from Noam Chomsky, who said that while Stack had some legitimate grievances—millions of Americans shared his outrage over bank bailouts and the practices of health insurance companies—the way he expressed them was absolutely wrong.

9. The murder of Alan Berg, June 18, 1984. One of the most absurd claims some Republicans have made about white supremacists is that they are liberals and progressives. That claim is especially ludicrous in light of the terrorist killing of liberal Denver-based talk show host Alan Berg, a critic of white supremacists who was killed with an automatic weapon on June 18, 1984. The killing was linked to members of the Order, a white supremacist group that had marked Berg for death. Order members David Lane (a former Ku Klux Klan member who had also been active in the Aryan Nations) and Bruce Pierce were both convicted in federal court on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and violating Berg’s civil rights and given what amounted to life sentences.

Robert Matthews, who founded the Order, got that name from a fictional group in white supremacist William Luther Pierce’s anti-Semitic 1978 novel, The Turner Diaries—a book Timothy McVeigh was quite fond of. The novel’s fictional account of the destruction of a government building has been described as the inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

10. Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995. Neocons and Republicans grow angry and uncomfortable whenever Timothy McVeigh is cited as an example of a non-Islamic terrorist. Pointing out that a non-Muslim white male carried out an attack as vicious and deadly as the Oklahoma City bombing doesn’t fit into their narrative that only Muslims and people of color are capable of carrying out terrorist attacks. Neocons will claim that bringing up McVeigh’s name during a discussion of terrorism is a “red herring” that distracts us from fighting radical Islamists, but that downplays the cruel, destructive nature of the attack.

Prior to the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing McVeigh orchestrated was the most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history: 168 people were killed and more than 600 were injured. When McVeigh drove a truck filled with explosives into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, his goal was to kill as many people as possible. Clearly, McVeigh was not motivated by radical Islam; rather, he was motivated by an extreme hatred for the U.S. government and saw the attack as revenge for the Ruby Ridge incident of 1992 and the Waco Siege in 1993. He had white supremacist leanings as well (when he was in the U.S. Army, McVeigh was reprimanded for wearing a “white power” T-shirt he had bought at a KKK demonstration). McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001. He should have served life without parole instead, as a living reminder of the type of viciousness the extreme right is capable of.

Fox ‘Terror Expert’ Apologizes For Saying British City Is ‘Totally Muslim’ (VIDEO)

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“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” Steven Emerson said during a Sunday appearance on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

“And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire,” he continued.

In fact, Birmingham has a Muslim population of 21.8%, according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

Emerson, whose website calls him “one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks,”issued an extensive apology after his remarks set off a wave of a ridicule on social media.

“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error,” he told the UK edition of the Huffington Post on Sunday.

Emerson called it an “inexcusable error” and said he would make a correction immediately for “the beautiful city of Birmingham,” according to the site.

“PS. I intend to make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital,” he added.

The Fox contributor’s original comments sparked a hashtag mocking the channel’s coverage of Islam, #FoxNewsFacts.

Incidentally, the program’s host, Jeanine Pirro, had her own moment of ignorance during the show when she said Pakistan was the most important “Arab” nation in the West’s crackdown on global terrorism. (Pakistan is a South Asian country.)

“It is time for this to be over and stop sending American dollars to any Arab country that does not support this mission, Pakistan at the top of the list,” she said.

Watch the clip courtesy of HuffPo UK:

Fox News Gets Trolled Into Oblivion After Saying Birmingham, UK Is ‘Totally Muslim’ Caliphate (VIDEO)

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It must be a pretty terrible feeling to know that you went onto Fox News and said something so completely idiotic that the entire world took the time to make fun of you. On a network renown for its terrible opinions and inane guests and hosts, Fox’s terrorism “expert” Steven Emerson emerged as the clear front runner as the dumbest of them all.

During a segment on the terrorist attack in Paris, Fox News brought on Emerson to lecture the country on how they and other countries in Europe may have brought this attack on themselves by tolerating Muslims.

And before you think lecturing a country that has just experienced a devastating attack before the victims have even been buried by victim-blaming lacks class, just remember France did the same to America after September 11, right?

Nope. They showered the country with support and love.

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Paris memorial made in honor of the victims of America’s terrorist attack. (via PR News Online)

Fox News took a different route. Emerson announced that much of Europe was being systematically taken over by Muslims, so of course they would be attacked by terrorists. To prove that point, he noted that the English city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and that non-Muslims did not enter.

Watch Fox host Judge Pirro’s face freeze up as she tries not to cringe while Emerson goes off the rails:

“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

In other places in England, roving bands of “Muslim religious police” wander the streets savagely beating anyone who doesn’t “dress according to religious Muslim attire.”

Rather than call Emerson on it, Pirro actually agrees with him, somberly concluding that what he described sounds like a “caliphate” within England.

But here’s the thing: Every single sentence Emerson just said is completely and utterly false. A noxious mix of xenophobic stupidity and outright dishonesty. And unlike the more vague lies that Fox typically trades in, this one can be objectively disproven easily. Is Birmingham completely Muslim?

No. According to publicly available census data that Emerson didn’t bother to look up, Birmingham is 20% Muslim, and a majority of residents are Christian – hardly a burgeoning caliphate in the heart of Great Britain. Nor so, does England allow Muslim residents to systematically assault non-Muslims in the streets.

Thankfully, the rest of the world wasn’t as kind to Emerson as Pirro, taking to twitter with the hashtag “#FoxNewsFacts” people from England and beyond mocked the sheer stupidity of his words. The hashtag quickly became one of the top trending topics on Twitter.

According to UK writer Chris Stokel-Walker, Emerson is aware that he is the laughingstock of the world and apparently feels kind of bad about going on Fox News.

It’s pretty clear that the “sources” he had relied on were bogus. That seems par for the course for Emerson, who first became known for his terrorism “expertise” after he concluded that the Oklahoma City Bombing was definitely done by a Saudi-based jihadist group– right up until the moment police caught right-wing white American, Timothy McVeigh.

This is what passes as an “expert” on Fox News.

Gun-loving Fox hosts ‘high five’ after Paris attack: ‘Best thing Americans can do is arm themselves’

Fox News host Eric Bolling (screen grab)

Fox News host Eric Bolling (screen grab)

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Several Fox News hosts responded to a terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday by advising Americans to buy more guns.

After gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical French magazine that had published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Fox News host Eric Bolling lamented that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) had been ordered to reform its “stop and frisk” policy over concerns about racial profiling.

“You’re taking a law enforcement tool out of their hands,” he said. “In New York, one of the first things Mayor de Blasio did here is he said we’re going to pull stop and frisk. In deference to the Fourth Amendment — unreasonable searches and seizures — they said it was unreasonable to profile African-Americans or anyone for that matter… Point is, why are we pulling law enforcement tools out of their hands?”

“There’s been a serious push from the left saying let’s not over-militarize our cops. That should put an end to that discussion right now. We should over-militarize, we should continue to do that.”

Co-host Kennedy Montgomery worried, however, that Bolling was calling for a “police state.”

“I think that cops should have all sorts of tools and technology, but they shouldn’t see us as the enemy,” she insisted. “We are not the people they’re hunting or combating. That’s the difference between the military and the police.”

“But we are being hunted,” co-host Harris Faulkner said. “These guys make it very clear when they entered that newspaper’s offices, we are being hunted. So, how would you like for us to be protected?”

“I think that the best thing Americans can do is arm themselves,” Montgomery argued.

“Me too!” Bolling exclaimed.

“Can we do a high five?” Fox News host Shannon Bream asked, prompting Montgomery to make a high five motion in the air.

“But you can’t do that in the city,” Bolling complained.

“New York cops, I don’t feel like they look at me as the enemy,” Montgomery opined.

“Kennedy, you’re not a bad guy though,” Bolling remarked. “If I’m a bad guy, I see a heavily-armed cop on the corner, I may decide not to do the bad thing I was thinking about doing.”

Bream pointed out that all of the gunmen in Paris attack were wearing masks so it was too early to make assumptions about what color they were.

“What if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?” she noted.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Out Numbered, broadcast Jan. 7, 2015.

10 things you need to know today: January 4, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

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The Week

Mike Huckabee prepares for a 2016 run, the first popularly elected black senator dies, and more.
1. Mike Huckabee leaves Fox News to consider 2016 bid

Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced Saturday he would leave his TV show while weighing whether to mount another White House bid. The former Arkansas governor, who fell short to eventual nominee John McCain in 2008, said the speculation surrounding his intentions was not fair to Fox and that the “honorable thing to do at this point” was leave the network. Huckabee said he would make a final decision on a 2016 bid by late spring. [Politico]

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2. Edward Brooke, first elected black senator, dies

Edward W. Brooke, the first African-American ever elected by popular vote to serve in the U.S. Senate, died Saturday at the age of 95. A Republican, Brooke won his first Senate election in Massachusetts in 1966, and later became the first Republican senator to call for President Richard Nixon’s resignation. The only two black senators to precede Brooke, Blanche K. Bruce and Hiram R. Revels, were both elected by Mississippi’s legislature — not the people — in the 1870s. [The Boston Globe]

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3. Israel withholds Palestinian tax payment

Israel on Saturday froze about $127 million in tax payments in retaliation for Palestine applying to join the International Criminal Court. Palestine moved on Friday to join the ICC in hopes of addressing alleged Israeli war crimes. Collected by Israel on behalf of Palestine, the tax revenue makes up more than half of the Palestinian Authority’s annual budget. [The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera]

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4. North Korea blasts U.S. over Sony hack sanctions

North Korea on Sunday struck back at the U.S. over new sanctions aimed at punishing the Hermit Kingdom for its alleged role in the massive Sony cyberattack. Imposed Friday, the sanctions target three companies and 10 government officials the U.S. claims had a hand in the hack. In response, North Korea continued to deny any involvement in the breach, instead accusing Washington of “groundlessly stirring up bad blood” and maintaining an “inveterate repugnancy and hostility” toward the Pyongyang. [BBC]

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5. Funeral to be held Sunday for slain NYPD officer

The funeral of New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed in the line of duty last month, will be held Sunday in Brooklyn. Thousands of police officers and politicians from around the country are expected to attend the memorial service. At a funeral last weekend for Rafael Ramos, the other officer killed in the December ambush, some members of the city’s police force turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio, highlighting lingering tension between City Hall and the NYPD. [CBS]

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6. U.N. report: 12,300 civilian deaths in Iraq last year

An estimated 12,282 civilians died last year in violence across Iraq, making it the deadliest year there since 2007, according to the United Nations. The bulk of the deaths came later in the year as ISIS gained ground in the country. “This is a very sad state of affairs,” Nickolay Mladenov, a U.N. representative for Iraq, said. [The Los Angeles Times]

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7. Boko Haram abducts dozens in Nigeria

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram last week abducted about 40 men and boys from a village in northern Nigeria. The group seized its captives on Dec. 31, but news of the abduction didn’t trickle out for a few days due to faulty communications infrastructure destroyed in previous Boko Haram attacks. [CNN]

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8. Pope Francis names 15 new cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday named 15 new cardinals from disparate places around the globe, saying the selections were intended to “show the indelible tie with the church of Rome to churches in the world.” Francis tabbed cardinals from Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Tonga, among others. [The Associated Press]

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9. Oregon, Ohio, to change name for college football championship

The town of Oregon, Ohio, says it will temporarily change its name ahead of next week’s college football title game. The first ever College Football Playoff National Championship pits the Oregon Ducks against the Ohio State Buckeyes, which prompted two Oregon — the suburb, not the state — natives to petition the city council for a name change. Oregon City Administrator Michael Beazley told the Toledo Free Press the town had not settled on a new name yet, but that they were “going to do something” in the next few days. [Toledo Free Press, ESPN]

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10. Opry star Jimmy Dickens dead at 94

Jimmy Dickens, a Country Music Hall of Fame member known best for his decades-long presence at the Grand Ole Opry, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville after suffering a stroke. He was 94 years old. Standing at just 4-foot-11, the country music star earned the nicknames “Little Jimmy Dickens,” and, as he called himself, “Mighty Mouse in Pajamas.” [The New York Times]

WATCH: Fox News’ Great Flip Flop On Police Brutality Protests

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Since a 28-year-old mentally disturbed man assassinated two New York City police officers on Saturday, Fox News has blamed Americans protesting police brutality and inequality in the justice system for inciting hatred towards police and encouraging deadly violence. The network has seized on the execution-style murder of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to condemn President Barack Obama and other African American leaders for creating an anti-police environment and has even called on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign.

But the network hasn’t always seen the protesters as agents of death.

In fact, prominent Fox personalities actually expressed outrage and shock after a Staten Island grand jury’s chose not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Following that decision, Fox repeatedly played tape of Garner pleading with police officers that he “can’t breathe” and spoke favorably of the very protesters it now claims are responsible for inciting violence.

ThinkProgress examined the network’s coverage of protests related to the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner from Dec. 3 through Dec. 19. Fox did harp on instances of violence by some protesters and criticized de Blasio for “supporting” the protesters, but it also reported that the overall tone of those actions was peaceful, admitting — however tacitly — that the greater movement toward social justice could not be held responsible for the brutal killings that followed. Below is a super-cut of Fox’s favorable coverage:

Since Saturday’s assassination, however, the network has looped video of some protesters calling for the death of police and have characterized the protesters as full of “hatred.”

On Monday, de Blasio defended the protests as peaceful, but called for break in activism to allow the families of the slain police officers to grieve. “Politics and protests can be for another day,” the mayor said. “Let’s see the families through the funerals.”

Some protesters have rejected the call for a moratorium, however. As one member of the Justice League told MSNBC, “We’re not anti-police, we’re anti-police brutality. Every cop isn’t bad … Every black man isn’t a criminal.”

Protesters Planning Massive Rally In Front Of Fox News Headquarters After Non-Stop Racist Coverage

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If Fox News thought it could sit on the sidelines and take cheap shots at the anti-police brutality protests around the country without getting called out, they are about to learn a hard lesson.

On January 2, protesters are meeting in front of the News Corporation headquarters (home of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire) right outside of Fox News’ studios to hold a “die-in” shutdown. While Fox tries to record their usual garbage inside, outside hundreds will be letting the company and the world know that what Fox is doing is not okay.

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As if it weren’t obvious, the behind-the-scenes operations of the Post are equally rife with racism. In 2009, the Post published an insanely racist cartoon which featured police officers shooting a chimpanzee to death and casually implying that it was meant to represent Obama (you can view it here). After an editor at the paper complained, she was fired. After being dismissed, she revealed the insanely racist work environment that she had been forced to endure for years – none of it is pretty.

So naturally, the newspaper and Fox News have been working hand-in-hand to attack the Black Lives Matter movement every chance they get. In a letter announcing the planned protest, organizers don’t mince words:

As many already know The NY POST is a newspaper that is owned and controlled by the Right Winger Rupert Murdoch, who in essence is a corporate racist, that continually supports and disseminates racist, classist, sexist and all forms of pro 1% misinformation through his NY POST newspaper as well as FOX television.

This rag has also continually posted lies and misinformation about the Black Lives Matter movement, protests and uprising. We say NO REST FOR THE WICKED and beyond this action a boycott of the NY POST and FOX NEWS remains in existence as long as the lies continue from its newspaper, news programming and other media services. [source]

The group, which has been coordinating with other protest groups, want as many people as possible for a “die-in” in front of Murdoch’s offices. They also call for a boycott of all News Corporation businesses until they cease promoting racism and attempting to spread racial fears to their almost-universally white audience.

According to one Facebook group alone, over 1,000 people have signed on to attend the January 2 rally. If that doesn’t seem like much, then just imagine that many people crowding the windows and sidewalks around the Fox News headquarters. It will be an action that is hard to ignore.

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10 things you need to know today: December 23, 2014

Tensions between the mayor and the NYPD are running high.

Tensions between the mayor and the NYPD are running high. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The Week

De Blasio urges a halt to protests after police officers’ murders, North Korea gets knocked offline, and more

1. De Blasio calls for a halt to protests out of respect for slain officers
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday urged New Yorkers to “put aside protests” against police tactics until after the funerals of two officers murdered in an ambush on Saturday. The killings of officers Rafel Ramos and Wenjian Liu deepened tensions between police and de Blasio, who had said that it was “painful” when a grand jury decided not to charge an officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. Protest organizers said they would go ahead with a march already planned for Tuesday evening. [New York Observer, Fox News]

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2. North Korea’s internet access cut off, then restored
North Korea’s already limited access to the internet was restored Tuesday after being mysteriously cut off on Monday, although it remained intermittent. The country has just four networks connecting to the web, all of them routed through neighboring China. The outages came days after U.S. officials blamed North Korea for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures over a film portraying an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Obama vowed a strong U.S. response, but North Korea said it did not know who was behind the hacking against Sony. [Bloomberg, CNN]

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3. Judge says Oklahoma can resume lethal injections with controversial drug
A federal judge on Monday ruled Oklahoma’s three-drug lethal injection procedure constitutional, clearing the way for the state to end a moratorium and proceed with four executions scheduled for early 2015. After the botched April execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney during a 43-minute execution the state tried to halt, 21 death row inmates sued, calling the use of the sedative midazolam unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Judge Stephen Friot said the inmates’ lawyers failed to show they would suffer inhumanely. [The Associated Press]

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4. Court rejects North Carolina law requiring ultrasounds before abortions
A federal appeals court on Monday declared a North Carolina abortion law unconstitutional. The legislation, approved in 2011, requires women to undergo ultrasounds before having an abortion. The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, upheld a lower court’s ruling that the law, approved in 2011, violated free-speech by requiring doctors to describe the ultrasound image to the woman. “The First Amendment not only protects against prohibitions of speech, but also against regulations that compel speech,” the panel wrote. [The Washington Post]

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5. Messy weather threatens holiday travel delays in the East
Rain, gusting winds, and thunderstorms are expected to hit much of the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, potentially disrupting Christmas travel for many. The chance of rain on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, is 70 percent or higher in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The messy weather could cause delays at major airports from Tampa to Charlotte to New York, and make driving treacherous along the I-95 corridor. Snow will complicate travel in Michigan, Illinois, eastern Missouri, and northwestern Indiana, too. [CNN, USA Today]

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6. Ukraine lawmakers drop their country’s non-aligned status
Ukraine’s parliament voted Tuesday to drop its non-aligned status, a historic first step forward in President Petro Poroshenko’s plan to apply for membership in NATO. Russian leaders pressured Ukraine to declare itself a neutral nation in 2010. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Tuesday’s change “counterproductive,” saying it would increase tensions. Poroshenko has said his country needed Western military protection as it battles pro-Russian rebels. [BBC News]

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7. U.N. Security Council votes to examine North Korea’s human rights record
The United Nations Security Council voted Monday to examine human rights abuses in North Korea. The move marked the first time a nation’s human rights record had been scheduled for ongoing Security Council debate, meaning it can be brought up at any time. “We have broken the council’s silence,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said. China and Russia protested the vote, saying it could escalate tensions, and North Korea refused to recognize the legitimacy of any discussion of its human rights record by the Security Council. [The Associated Press]

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8. Algerian army kills leader of Islamist group that beheaded French tourist
Algerian special forces have killed the leader of the Islamist group behind the September beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, Algerian army officials said Tuesday. The body of Abdelmalek Gouri, the leader of the Jund al-Khilafa militant organization, was positively identified after clashes about 50 miles outside Algiers. Two other members of Jund al-Khalifa, which has sworn allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, were also killed. Soldiers also seized a cache of guns and explosives. [France 24, BBC News]

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9. Rep. Grimm reportedly agrees to plead guilty to tax fraud
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony tax fraud, according to people with knowledge of the case. Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, was re-elected to a third term in November despite facing a 20-count indictment for allegedly underreporting wages at a Manhattan restaurant, Healthalicious, that he ran before his election. Grimm, who sold himself as a corruption fighter in his first campaign, has maintained his innocence, but one of his lawyers said a change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for Tuesday. [The New York Times, Politico]

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10. Joe Cocker dies at 70
British singer Joe Cocker died of lung cancer on Monday. He was 70. Cocker was known for many iconic hits, including the emotional ballad “You Are So Beautiful,” a top 10 hit in 1975. He also won a Grammy in 1983 for “Up Where We Belong,” a duet with Jennifer Warnes that served as the theme song for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. He was perhaps best remembered for his energetic rendition of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Paul McCartney, who wrote the song with John Lennon, said Cocker’s version was “just mind blowing.” [ABC News]

How Fox News Covers Right-Wing Cop Killers

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When Political Violence Doesn’t Warrant Collective Blame

Claiming to be acting under the bloody “banner of Liberty and Truth,” Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda, entered CiCi’s Pizza in Las Vegas on Sunday right before noon and executed two local policemen on their lunch break. Authorities say Jerad approached one officer while he was refilling his soda cup and shot him in the head from behind, before he and Amanda opened fire on his partner.

While patrons scrambled to safety, one of the shooters reportedly shouted that the “revolution” had begun. The duo then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, and covered them with cloth that featured the “Don’t tread on me” Gadsden flag, which has recently been adopted as a symbol of the tea party movement. The couple also left a swastika on one of the officers.

Six days earlier, the right-wing shooter had posted a manifesto of sorts on Facebook where he announced “we must prepare for war.” Jerad Miller, who traveled to Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch this spring to join the militia protests against the federal government, declared that in order to “To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed.”

The Facebook rant was just one of many clues about the shooters’ radical political leanings. Jerad Miller “left behind social media postings that show his concerns over Benghazi, chemtrails, gun control laws, and the government’s treatment of rancher Cliven Bundy,” Raw Story reported. (One of the viral images Miller shared online carried the caption, “Jeez, it’s no wonder liberalism’s regarded as a mental disorder.”) The shooter had talked to his neighbor about his “desire to overthrow the government and President Obama and kill police officers,” according to NBC News.

After murdering two police officers, Miller and his wife, carrying large duffle bags, set upon a nearby WalMart, killed a shopper who attempted to confront the couple with his concealed handgun, exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, and then died in an apparent suicide pact.

The politically motivated ambush represents just the latest in a long line of recent far-right, anti-government acts of violence in America. From neo-Nazi killers, to a string of women’s health clinic bombings and assaults, as well as bloody assaults on law enforcement from anti-government insurrectionists, acts of right-wing extreme violence continue to terrorize victims in the U.S.

In fact, the deadly, and premeditated, gun rampage in Las Vegas came just two days after Dennis Marx, member of the “sovereign citizen” anti-government movement, tried to lay siege to a courthouse outside of Atlanta. Sovereign citizens are militia-like radicals who don’t believe the federal government has the power and legitimacy to enforce the law. The FBI has called the movement “a growing domestic terror threat to law enforcement.”

Arriving outside the courthouse in a silver SUV, Marx immediately opened fire on law enforcement, shooting a deputy twice in the leg, before being shot and killed by police, capping a wild three-minute gun battle. The shooter came supplied with an assault weapon, “homemade and commercial explosive devices,” as well as “a gas mask; two handguns; zip ties and two bulletproof vests,” according to the Associated Press.

The chilling details of Sunday’s Las Vegas ambush produced public shock and intense media coverage. One major news outlet seemed to lag behind, though: Fox News.

Primetime hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity both ignored the shocking cop-killer story last night, while Megyn Kelly devoted four sentences to it. (By contrast, the story covered extensively during CNN and MSNBC’s primetime.) Fox talkers on Monday were still far more interested in debating the prisoner swap of Bowe Bergdahl than they were examining the political ambush in Las Vegas.

For Fox News, the Las Vegas killing spree represents a toxic mix of guns, far-right insurrectionism, tea party implications, and the Cliven Bundy ranch standoff. For Fox News, the story about right-wing gun violence and the seeds of a bloody political revolution present all kinds of problems for the channel and its outspoken hosts, some of whom have previously championed limitless gun rights, insurrectionism, the Tea Party, and racist rancher Bundy.

In the 36 hours after the shooting, Fox News tread lightly around the Las Vegas story, producing regular news updates about the crime spree. But Fox provided almost no commentary, no context, and certainly no collective blame for the executions.

And that’s how Fox News deals with right-wing domestic terrorism in America, when it even bothers to acknowledge the killings and the crimes. (The channel barely covered Georgia’s courthouse siege last week.) At Fox, the deadly and disturbing events are treated as isolated incidents that are mostly void of politics. And more importantly, on Fox the perpetrators are always portrayed as lone gunmen (and women) who do notrepresent any cultural or political movement.

But when Fox covers breaking U.S. news events involving terror acts by Arabs or Muslims? Recall that in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last year it was a Fox talker who suggested American mosques bebugged and other Constitutional rights for Muslims be eliminated. And it was on Fox that viewers were told, “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” It’s where there was a concerted effort to blame the larger Muslim community for the isolated event.

The obvious double standard is not only unfair but it’s misguided, as homegrown right-wing terrorists in America have proven to be a deadlier threat over the last decade. As CNN’s Peter Bergen reported earlier this year, since 9/11, “extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology.”

That fact may be one reason why the Department of Justice last week announced it is “reviving a law enforcement group to investigate those it designates as domestic terrorists,” according to Reuters.

Sadly, Fox has had too much practice in recent years looking the other way when right-wing radicals target American police officers.

On April, 2009, 22-year-old Richard Poplawski put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed his guns, including an AK-47 rifle, and waited for the police to respond to the domestic disturbance call his mother had placed. When two officers arrived at the front door, Poplawski shot them both in the head, and then killed another officer who tried to rescue his colleagues. He was convinced the government wanted to take away his guns, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

On May 20, 2010, two West Memphis, Ark., police officers were shot and killed by a father-son team of AK-47-wielding sovereign citizens during a routine traffic stop. The killers had ties to white supremacy groups and posted anti-government rants on YouTube.

Two months later, dedicated Glenn Beck fan Byron Williams strapped on his body armor, stocked a pickup truck with guns and ammo, and set off up the California coast to San Francisco in order to start killing employees at the previously obscure Tides Foundation in hopes of sparking a political revolution. (Beck had brought the Tides Foundation into the spotlight by routinely vilifying the organization on his Fox and radio shows.) Instead, en route to his target Williams got into a 12-minute firefight with California Highway Patrol officers.

The pressing domestic terror threat, CNN’s Bergen wrote, is obvious:

Today in the United States, al Qaeda-type terrorism is the province of individuals with no real connection to foreign terrorists, aside from reading their propaganda online. Given this, it becomes harder to explain, in terms of American national security, why violence by homegrown right wing extremists receives substantially less attention than does violence by homegrown jihadist militants.

That’s not a story Fox News wants to tell.

Fox & Friends Airs Misleading Footage To Suggest Al Sharpton Led Protesters Calling For “Dead Cops”

Make no mistake here, I am not an Al Sharpton fan, but this blatant misrepresentation of the facts is very dangerous territory but Fox News has done it for years with impunity.

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Fox’s Clayton Morris: Al Sharpton Is “Calling To Kill Cops”

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But the footage of protesters chanting anti-police slogans was not from Sharpton’s December 13 march, whichThe Washington Post described as a “peaceful civil rights march led by families of the slain and organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.”

In a later segment flagged by liberal news site Raw Story, Fox sandwiched — without explanation — a clip of the “dead cops” chant in between two clips of Sharpton speaking at the “Justice for All” rally, conflating the two events.

Although an on-screen graphic identified the “dead cop” chant as coming from the New York City protest, co-host Tucker Carlson strongly implied that all the footage shown was from Sharpton’s event, stating, “Huh. So the first clip you heard people are saying, ‘We want the cops dead.’ And the second you heard Al Sharpton say ‘We’re not against the police.'”

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Co-host Clayton Morris later questioned Sharpton’s claim not to oppose law enforcement and suggested that Sharpton was “calling to kill cops.”

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MORRIS: But Al Sharpton says, “Wait, wait, wait a sec, you are blowing this out of proportion. We’re not anti-police at all.” Listen to Reverend Sharpton.

SHARPTON (CLIP): We’re not saying all police are bad. We’re not even saying most are bad. We’re not anti-police. But we’re anti-brutality and the federal government must have a threshold to protect that. Second, the Justice Department must have a division funded to deal with this. Thirdly, we must have the power of special prosecutors, not the local prosecutors.

MORRIS: So does that square with you? You’re not anti-police, but you’re calling to kill cops.

CARLSON: Well the guy has no idea what he is talking about.

MORRIS: And you’re anti-brutality too.

CARLSON: If you take seriously what he said, you can’t even understand it. It just doesn’t make any sense